Vocational • Level 2
About the course
Our Applied Science course gives students the opportunity to explore scientific principles and applications across a range of subjects. Whether it’s researching the latest advancements in genetic engineering, exploring the uses of cutting edge physics in medicine, or developing a mastery of various laboratory based techniques, this course is ideal for anyone who has a clear scientific or health related career path that they want to progress in, or for anyone who just has a keen interest in Science, and can’t wait to take that passion even further. It allows students to fully appreciate the importance of Science in today’s world, along with how it is interwoven into everyday life, industry and research.
This Advanced Level vocational course is equivalent to three A Levels and offers an excellent combination of practical and academic study in preparation for university and employment. This course also allows students to specialise in their chosen area of Science during their second year of study.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
Location ByBurnley College
Five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above in a good range of subjects including GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science OR a relevant Level 2 Diploma with a Merit profile overall or above in a Science subject.
In their first year, students will cover units in Principles & Applications of Science I, Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques, Science Investigation Skills, Laboratory Techniques & their Applications, Physiology of the Human Body and Human Regulation & Reproduction. In their second year, students will cover units in Principles & Applications of Science II, Investigative Project and Contemporary Issues in Science. Students will also complete four optional units based around their chosen pathway. Pathway choices include: Biomedical Science, Applied Science and Forensic & Analytical Science. Assessment across the course is a mixture of external examination and internally completed assignment work.
It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to skills and occupationally-based qualifications at this level: External assessment: In this qualification, there are two external assessments. The external assessments for this qualification take the form of formal exams in Biology, Chemistry & Physics and Scientific Investigation. Internal assessment: Units 2,3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment allows learners to apply technical knowledge and demonstrate mastery of practical and technical skills through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice.
Careers & Progression
On successful completion of this course, you may decide to progress onto a variety of Degree courses; to a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship or directly into a career. Careers that this course may ultimately lead to include: Allied Healthcare Professional roles such as Radiography, Nursing, Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, Psychology, Physiotherapy and Healthcare sciences. Students have also successfully gained places on various other Science related courses, as well as employment in apprenticeships.
Extra curricular activities
Additional subject-specific activities and visits are organised to bring learning to life and help you to achieve your ambitions. You will also enjoy seminars and workshops led by guest speakers. Past and planned activities and visits have included: Bodyworld Exhibition in London, industry visits, such as the East Lancashire Covid Test Centre, and University Taster Days. Opportunities for placement with East Lancashire Health Trust are also available, subject to availability.